Frank Vogel is drawing plenty of heat for not having Roy Hibbert in on the final play to protect the rim while up a point. I decided to look at this play over and over again to find out exactly why LeBron was able to get such an easy look at the rim.
First off the play designed possibly by Erik Spoelstra was perfect. LeBron was isolated at the elbow which is proving to be the most dangerous position on the floor is surrounded by shooters. That’s exactly what the Heat did.
When LeBron received the pass Paul George closed out rather recklessly and appeared to take the wrong side of LeBron.
Upon further review that is understandable because LeBron walked.
Dwyane Wade actually had a pretty decent Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals despite being hampered by nagging injuries. Wade finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 41 minutes before fouling out on a horrible decision that nearly cost the Heat the game.
Speculation is that Wade has lost a step and there is some merit to that. He’s still a devastating rim attacker but he’s not the focus of a defensive game plan and it’s yet to be seen how he will hold up in a physical series against Lance Stephenson and the Pacers.
One’s thing is for certain. He screwed up royally on this play:
This is just my opinion but from the outside I believe the Cleveland Cavaliers should make Otto Porter Jr the number one pick in the NBA Draft. The Cavs managed to get the top overall pick and many if not everyone is suggesting Nerlens Noel at that spot.
Look, Noel would be an excellent choice to protect the rim but possibly not the best one. He’s out until possibly December and thus would have very little influence on helping the Cavs in reaching the playoffs. Even if he was healthy his impact would be minimal due to his offensive weaknesses. It’s going to be a couple of years before Noel becomes a force in the NBA.
Porter Jr. on the other hand is NBA ready from day one.
The Cavs are pretty much set at the guard positions with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Those two can get buckets but represent a weakness defensively. A guy like Porter Jr. could help to clean up some of those issues with his 6’9 frame and ability to guard multiple positions.
I’ve been critical of Daryl Morey after his initial draft of three different power forwards, signing Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to big deals and at the time appearing to get swindled by Sam Presti. Months later I will eat crow if Morey is able to convince Dwight Howard to leave the Lakers to become the next great Rockets center.
Howard initially wanted to leave Orlando for a number of reasons but the primary reason was to get to Brooklyn and get paid by Adidas which was willing to pay him an ungodly amount of money to open the Barclays Center. That didn’t happen and when things went sour with the Magic he was able to force his way to the Lakers where he had a disappointing season while rehabbing from a major injury.
Now he’s a free agent and despite the public’s disdain for him he is within his right to weigh his options. It’s my belief that he would be best off to join James Harden in Houston and leave the Lakers finding a different way to rebuild.
The question remains, will Howard make the Rockets an immediate title contender?
Point Guard has become the new stacked position within the NBA and the up and coming talent level is stacked. I decided to rank my top 20 headed into 2013-2014 based on a variety of factors.
I didn’t base this on solely any one factor. I took health into consideration among a host of things but basically I ranked them on who I would like to have on my team next season for both winning and entertainment purposes.